The Vikings are typically thought of as a culture dominated by blood-thirsty, power-hungry, strapping blond man-warriors but, it turns out, their female counterparts are equally as badass: shield maidens! sorceresses! queens! Thanks to the new documentary special Real Vikings: Viking Women (catch the latest episode tonight on History), with appearances from Vikings stars Kathryn Winnick and Alyssa Sutherland and many chic Viking experts, these ladies have earned their place in our hearts as our new feminist heroes. Get ready to bow down to your new boss inspo.
They srsly ran sh-t
While Viking society was def not up to our current equality standards, without women the Vikings would have had zero chance of survival. Women played major roles (some more kickass than others), from creating the masts used to sail ships to slaying as sword-waving warrior heroes, making them the ultimate badass babes.